Hello, Mr. Cat, welcome to my blog. May I ask your name and your author’s name?
My name is Ceebee, short for “cat burglar,” ‘cause I like to take things and hide them under my book Mommy’s sofa. My author is Sally Carpenter.
Mice to meet you. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
So far I’ve been in two books, “Flower Power Fatality,” and the newest one by my author, “Hippie Haven Homicide.” I think she should call the books “Adventures of the Greatest Cat Ever,” but my author doesn’t listen to me.
I know the feeling, and by the way, I thought I recognized you. I interviewed you for your first book, “Flower Power Fatality.” I love having repeat guests. If anyone wants to read our first interview, here’s the link: https://wp.me/p7XcB0-rZ
Please tell us about your series.
I don’t know much about what hoomans do, so this is what my author sezs: “The Psychedelic Spy series are retro-cozies set in 1967 in the small rural town of Yuletide, Indiana. Noelle McNabb (my book Mommy) gets involved with a super secret spy agency called SIAMESE.” That’s a terrific name for a group. The spies are a bunch of groovy cats.
That sounds pawsome especially the SIAMESE agency because, as you know, I’m a Siamese.
Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
My author has had lots of kitties over the years. Like them, I’m a black indoor-outdoor kitty. I love to hunt mice. I love to eat. I pester my Mommy, but she pets me and lets me sleep in her bed and gives me treats. Yum! My author also trained one of her cats to shake hands, so it’s possible for felines to do tricks as long as you reward them with treats.
My author has had lots of kitties all her life, too. She currently has a black cat, Harry, who’s been in some of her other books but not in our Cobble Cove cozy mysteries. However, there is a black cat guest in our upcoming 5th book. His name isn’t Harry, though. The main stars of our series are me, A Siamese based on Debbie’s Oliver who went to Rainbow Bridge three years ago this November and a calico, like her female cat, Harry’s sister, Hermione. The calico in our series is named Kittykai and joined me in the fourth book.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
SIAMESE wanted me to spy on some hoomans who were meeting in a park; nobody would notice a stray cat walking by. They put something called a micro-phony inside a collar and put the collar me (I HATE collars). Noelle and Destiny listened to the spies talk over my collar. This is the scene where they take me to the SIAMESE underground headquarters.
The room they entered was lined with shelves stocked with boxes, jars, scientific reference books and notebooks full of experiment notes. The tables stuffed into the small space were covered with microscopes, Bunsen burners, tubes, beakers, jars of chemicals and various electrical and mechanical devices. A man in a white lab coat and dark trousers waited for them beside the large center island. His white hair stuck up comically, as if he were amused to see them. His wrinkled face belied his age. His thick bifocals made his blue eyes look even larger. Around his neck hung the security badge—with black and white diagonal stripes—of the internal support staff, those who remained inside headquarters to equip the outside field agents.
“You must be Noelle. I’m Dr. Albedo. We’re glad to have you working with us.” Unlike Hanover, his voice was warm and friendly, and contained a tinge of an east European accent. But Noelle couldn’t see his lips move beneath his bushy white moustache.
“This is one of our veteran scientists at SIAMESE,” Dash said.
“Please put your animal on the counter.” Dr. Albedo patted the metal-lined top of the island.
Noelle placed the cat on the spot. “You wouldn’t happen to have any cat food, would you? Ceebee is starving.”
“It’s good that the cat hasn’t eaten. It’s best for animals to fast before surgery.”
“Surgery!” Noelle scooped up Ceebee. “No way are you cutting into my pet!”
“We need to implant an earpiece for the animal. Otherwise, you can’t use the radio to give him commands.”
“What’s wrong with putting a gizmo in his ear?”
“A small device can fall out. And the people standing around would hear you talking.”
“I still don’t like it.”
“We’ll place it just under the skin,” said Dr. Albedo. “Your cat won’t feel a thing. We’ll remove it as soon as possible.”
“If this is unacceptable, you may leave, Miss McNabb,” said Hanover. “But we’ll have to scrub the mission. We have no back-up animals. We would not have asked you unless we felt confident in your ability to help us and your country. We have reports that you have trained your cat to follow your directions––not something most cats do.”
Noelle gazed into the anxious cat eyes staring back at her. She was as patriotic as any other American, but she loved her pet. “If you promise you won’t hurt Ceebee. You won’t give him a lobotomy or anything.”
“We will treat your cat as gently as we treat our agents,” said Hanover.
Destiny stifled a laugh.
“All right then.” Noelle set her cat on the island. “But be careful.”
“I’ll leave you in the doctor’s capable hands.” Hanover turned to Destiny. “Let me know if any problems arise.”
“Yes, sir,” she replied.
Noelle was indignant. “Ceebee will do his job just fine!”
Hanover gave a ‘we’ll-see-about-that’ look before leaving the room. Ceebee sniffed the chemical-laden air and prowled around the island top, his ears and head lowered. His tail shot straight out with the tip moving from side to side. Noelle tried to give him some comforting pats, but Ceebee turned from her, as if say, “Why did you bring me to this awful place?” Destiny perched atop a stool, crossed her arms, and watched.
“First, we fit the collar on him.” The scientist took a plastic box off a shelf, placed it on the island, opened the lid, and removed a metal ring.
“That looks awfully large,” said Noelle. “Will Ceebee be able to walk in that thing?”
“We’ve miniaturized the electronics as much as possible,” said Dr. Albedo. “Hold the cat still, please.”
Noelle grabbed Ceebee around his middle. Dr. Albedo first slipped off the elastic collar from around the cat’s head. He opened a segment of the metal ring, slid the device around Ceebee’s neck, and fastened it. The collar was indeed big and nearly touched the ground. Ceebee shook his head and clawed at the collar with a hind paw.
Noelle tried to slip a finger between the ring and the cat’s neck. “It looks tight.”
“We can make some adjustments,” said the scientist. “We didn’t know what size animal we’d be working with.”
He used a screwdriver to fine-tune the collar. Ceebee eyed him. Noelle stroked the cat to keep him calm.
“Put the animal on the floor, please,” he said.
Noelle obliged. Ceebee roamed the floor, sniffing the items on the lower shelves and looking for an escape nook. The feline rubbed the collar against the wall in an effort to remove it. Dr. Albedo flipped some switches on a console panel. “Now to try the audio. Test, test, testing.” His voice echoed from a wall speaker as the sound was transmitted over the microphone in the cat’s collar.
“Hey, it works!” Noelle’s voice came over the loudspeaker as well.
“Of course it works,” said Destiny. “Nobody at SIAMESE comes here to fail.”
Wow, Meow. I like that. Concats on a great scene. Thanks for sharing it.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
My role is getting bigger and more important in each book! All those tricks Mommy taught me are paying off, so I can help her out. Mommy said what I did will preserve democracy and America. I don’t care about that. All I know is she gave me treats and a can of tuna afterwards.
Those are great incentives. My role is also getting bigger and also different in my author’s books. After she wrote the 4th book, “Love on the Rocks,” she wrote two short eBooks with my name in the title, “Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery” that won an award from the Cat Writers’ Association and “Sneaky’s Summer Mystery” that was just released. In those two eBooks, readers can “see” my thoughts. She’s continued this theme in the 5th book that she just submitted to her publisher.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
I don’t talk like hoomans do. But I yowled when Mommy to put me in my carrier to go to SIAMESE headquarters. I hate my carrier ‘cause usually when she puts me there, she takes me to the vet who pokes a stick up my butt to see how hot I am. I don’t like the hooman named Dash Hanover; I growled at him. But I like the hooman called Destiny King; I purred at her. She’s the same color as I am. Destiny once had a cat of her own before; I can tell.
I don’t talk to my human characters either except for purrs, yowls, and other feline sounds. However, I am now talking to my pet co-stars, so readers can “see” our thoughts.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
Hoomans can’t live without us. They need us to do important stuff for them. So it’s okay to demand that they spoil you ‘cause you deserve it.
Very good advice.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
My author is revising some of her old books to make them read better. Then she wants to write another cozy about that Sandy Fairfax character (he doesn’t have a cat, so why read about him?). My author won’t get back to me for a while. I may as well find a spot under a tree and take a nap.
My author likes to alternate my series with other types of mysteries. Most of them have cats but not me, so I also grab a long cat nap in between them.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
Thanks so much for joining me again, Ceebee and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release. I’m sharing the blog tour for it below.
Hippie Haven Homicide (Psychedelic Spy Mystery)
by Sally Carpenter
About Hippie Haven Homicide
Hippie Haven Homicide (Psychedelic Spy Mystery)
2nd in Series
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (May 21, 2020)
Paperback: 229 pages
Digital ASIN: B08B61G6F4
Get ready to flip your wig over another groovy 1967 retro-cozy with actress and amateur spy Noelle McNabb. Spy agency SIAMESE (Special Intelligence Apparatus for Midwest Enemy Espionage and Surveillance) turns Noelle’s pet, Ceebee, into an “acoustic kitty” to listen in on an agent known only as Old Scratch. Meanwhile, a counterculture religious sect led by the Wise One infiltrates the staid town of Yuletide, Indiana. When one of the sect members makes a premature departure to the Spirit in the Sky, Noelle investigates, but finds herself in deep water—literally. With her undercover disguiser, Noelle really knows how to sock it to ‘em. However, she still can’t solve the secrets of a certain family member. Don’t miss this fab story of saints, sinners and spies!
About Sally Carpenter
Sally Carpenter is a native Hoosier living in Moorpark, Calif.
She has a master’s degree in theater from Indiana State University. While in school, her plays “Star Collector” and “Common Ground” were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition. “Common Ground” also earned a college creative writing award. “Star Collector” was produced in New York City and served as the inspiration for her first mystery series.
Sally also has a Master of Divinity and a black belt in tae kwon do.
She’s worked as an actress, college writing instructor, jail chaplain and tour guide/page for Paramount Pictures.
The books in her Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series are: The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper (2012 Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel), The Sinister Sitcom Caper, The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper and The Quirky Quiz Show Caper, all with Cozy Cat Press.
Flower Power Fatality is the first book in the Psychedelic Spy series.
She has short stories in three anthologies: Last Exit to Murder, Plan B: Omnibus and Cozy Cat Shorts. She penned chapter three of the CCP group mystery Chasing the Codex.
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